Watcher in the Woods

Watcher in the Woods

A small hidden Canadian town is thrown into turmoil by a Watcher in the Woods.

Rockton is a small village of 200 concealed in the Yukon wilderness. Originally a refuge for 1960s activists, it now hides people fearing for their life. Dalton was born in the Yukon and is now the town’s Sheriff. Casey is the only detective and also Dalton’s live-in girlfriend.

When a US Marshall comes to town looking for his man (or woman), the town is roiled by murder and suspicion. In a place where everyone has a secret past, how will Casey discover who the Marshall was chasing and why?

The innovative setting of a clandestine town is the best part of Watcher in the Woods. After reading this book, I discovered this is the fourth in the Rockton series. I will look for the others as I enjoyed the town’s brief backstory presented here. However, Casey and Dalton, along with most of the townspeople, don’t seem to be fully-fleshed out. The author frequently tells, rather than shows, the reader their motivations. This may be because this is the fourth book but it forces me to not recommend this book as a standalone. 3 stars.

Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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